We sat down with the wonderful Mike Hankin from Morrama to talk about all things making.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and in a short burst how would you describe Morrama?
Well hi, great to be here. I’m Mike Hankin and I’m the lead designer at Morrama. Morrama is a small team of multidisciplinary designers, makers and engineers and we work end to end with startups to get their ideas off the ground.
What is your biggest project that you are working on now?
The biggest thing we’re working on at the moment is probably the Marlon family. We’ve been at it for over a year now designing a series of suitcases and backpacks for our American client. For a year we’ve all been kept awake thinking about fabric swatches.
What projects do you wish you could be working on?
I’d love to do an airline interior and I think that there are some that are ripe for the picking. There aren’t many startup airlines though. There are some really interesting IoT projects out there which I think would be a lot of fun to work on.
What is the best idea you’ve had in 2017?
That would be telling!
What is your favourite part about being based at Makerveristy?
To be honest it’s the location. At Makerversity and Somerset House, it sometimes feels like you’re in an elaborate Monty Python sketch. You walk around and there are people working on 3D printed robots, stuffed animals are being delivered, chocolate lollies being made. It’s very inspiring.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with at MV?
I’d really like to work with Stables and Lucraft. Tom’s a really nice guy and I think what they’re doing is really cool and installations and interiors are something I’d love to learn more about.
Have you had any collaborations while you’ve been at MV?
We work occasionally with Chris and Doug from Design on Impulse who are brilliant and have helped out on a loads of projects. We’ve also done some work with GravityLight although we’d love to work with more of the MV brigade.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I like to think I have a bit of a monkey mind and try to get inspiration from all sorts of things. It’s a platitude but designers should be the people that ‘notice what other people don’t’. I’m sure I could be better but when you start looking for unnoticed things you can get inspired from anything.
2 years from now what does the future look like for you?
Hopefully I’ll be doing exactly what I’m doing now. I love working at Morrama and by then it should’ve grown into an even bigger team of designers and be the go to destination for product startups.
What would you one piece of advice for a young person who doesn’t have a clear direction be?
Who needs a direction? I think that’s what I’d say. Not hugely helpful but I think that a direction will come just follow your nose for now.
Any advice to other makers?
Unimaginatively I’m going to borrow from the guys at IDEO Futures whose advice it ‘Don’t get ready, get started’. The biggest issue for makers I’ve found is how anticipating what might happen stops anything from happening at all.